After hearing yesterday how Android is becoming a leading force in mobile devices, today at Google’s annual I/O developer conference, we’re expecting to hear how Google hopes to repeat its success in a more established realm: the Web. Google hopes to turn the Web into a mainstream platform for applications, and it’s betting heavily on several technologies to lead that transformation.
Chief among them is Chrome OS, Google’s bid to one-up Microsoft’s Windows as the prime platform for writing applications. But Google has been slow to roll out everything developers need to do this, so today’s the day most people expect to hear whether Google can put some flesh on Chrome OS bones. I’ll be liveblogging the keynote, which you can also watch here. And here’s the info page on all things Chrome announced today. Again, geek alert: A bit of this is pretty arcane for us average users, but most is pretty straightforward.
Vic Gundotra, VP of engineering, comes onstage to announce more I/O schwag: a Verizon SIM card for several months of free online access on the Samsung tablet Google also gave out to the conference’s 5,000 attendees yesterday. (more…)